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Robert Fripp


Eclectic Prog

3.68 | 222 ratings

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4 stars "Well get out, there's the door, well get out, there's the door."

This album came out about the time I had really turned into a zombie-pod-prog-person. I didn't actually hear it for the first time until about a couple of years or so later. By then I was kind of used to progressive artists getting commercialitis and more open to new things. This one was fairly successful commercially although I'd hardly call it commercial. Still, it must have been quite a shock to those King Crimson diehards when it came out. Fripp had been getting around guesting with various musicians (Eno, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, the Roches), since Crimson's last studio album in '74, but I don't think even his cameo with Blondie would prepare you for this. The last part of a planned trilogy, Daryl Hall's Sacred Songs (recorded in '77), wouldn't be released until a year later, Peter Gabriel II being the first. I'm a bit of a latecomer to Hall's album (2001, I like it a lot and it's as close as I'll ever get to Hall and Oates), but Gabriel's had been in my collection for a few years. Both Hall and Terre Roche, make guest contributions here, as well as Gabriel and Eno.

This album is a bit of 90-degree turn from what KC was doing at the end of their '70's era, though there are bits that would certain appeal to the typical fan at the time. There were also hints of what was to come when KC reconstituted in 1981.

One of my favorite song titles here or for any album: "I May Not Have Had Enough of Me But I've Had Enough of You". Breathless is my favorite track here for obvious Crimsony reasons.

If you have to have consistency in your albums, you might as well pass on this one. Fripp really stretches out in all kinds of directions. But come with open mind/ears and you won't leave empty headed. There's really nothing quite like this in his whole discography.

A little note of trivia, 50 seconds into Haaden Two there's a tape of a line from Monty Python's flying sheep sketch run backwards.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |


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